Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 1 Contact Hour
Author(s):
  • Margaret T. Goldberg, MSN, RN, CWOCN
  • Laurel R. Smith, BSN, RN, CWCN
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Catherine Ratliff, PhD, APRN-BC, CWOCN, CFCN
  • Joyce Pittman, PhD, FNP-BC, CWOCN
Item#: N1470
Contents: 1 Course Book (50 pages)

Chronic Wounds: Ulcers of the Lower Extremities



Price $9.95
Item # N1470
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Expiration Date: June 30, 2017

This course provides the clinician with an overview of the etiologies of lower leg ulcers, assessment characteristics and treatment goals, and the items critical to patient education for optimal outcomes. The course is also designed to help the clinician recognize that wound management requires a multifaceted approach in which several factors are evaluated before implementation of a treatment plan. 

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1374 Wound Management and Healing, 2nd Edition.

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the etiologies of lower leg ulcers.
  • Describe the assessment characteristics and treatment goals for venous ulcers.
  • Identify the assessment characteristics and treatment goals for arterial ulcers.
  • Describe the assessment characteristics and treatment goals for neuropathic ulcers.
  • Identify critical items to include in patient education for each of the lower leg ulcer types discussed.

Margaret T. Goldberg, MSN, RN, CWOCN, is a clinical nurse specialist in wound, ostomy, and continence and has been in practice for nearly 30 years. She received her diploma in nursing from Helene Fuld School of Nursing in Camden, NJ, and bachelor and master degrees in nursing from Widener University in Chester, PA. She has been board certified by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Society (WOCN) for all of her nursing practice. Ms. Goldberg is well known as a national lecturer, has co-authored a textbook on urinary and fecal diversions, and has authored many articles and chapters on wound and ostomy care. She has been active in the WOCN Society as an officer and president at the local, regional, and national levels and is a past president of the Society. Ms. Goldberg assisted with the creation of guidelines for wound and ostomy care published by the WOCN Society, and is currently on the board of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and serves as their treasurer.

Laurel R. Smith, BSN, RN, CWCN, has been a registered nurse since 1983. She received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Her nursing experience includes supervision of a pediatric outpatient clinic. She has worked in wound care for more than 12 years and earned certification in wound management from the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society in 2005. For the last 7 years, Ms. Smith has managed an outpatient wound care center where she has clinical oversight, as well as the daily activities of the unit. She has an interest in sharing her knowledge with other healthcare professionals and hopes that the educational material included in this book will provide-up-to date wound care information and assist others to increase their wound care knowledge and develop their skills.

Catherine Ratliff, PhD, APRN-BC, CWOCN, CFCN, is an associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing where she is the program director for a Wound Ostomy Continence Program that has been in existence for more than 10 years. She also is a nurse practitioner and has run a wound care clinic at the University of Virginia Health System for more than 15 years. She is widely published in the field of wound care and has spoken on the topic of wound care at many national and international meetings.

Joyce Pittman, PhD, FNP-BC, CWOCN, has more than 32 years of experience in clinical practice including 12 years of experience as a certified wound, ostomy, continence (WOC) nurse and 8 years as a nurse practitioner. She received her PhD and MSN (ANP) from Indiana University and her BSN from the University of South Florida, completed the FNP courses with Northern Kentucky University, and her WOC training from Emory University. Dr. Pittman has been active as a nurse practitioner specializing in wound, ostomy, and continence conditions, focusing on complex wound management, pressure ulcer prevention, staff education, and collaboration with medical staff. She is currently team leader of the WOC Team at Indiana University Health-Methodist, a large Level I Trauma Center in the Midwest United States. Dr. Pittman has received several academic and professional awards, including the Indiana University School of Medicine Aging Fellowship, Dr. Sherri Smith Grant Scholarship, Emily Holmquist Award and WOCN Research Poster Merit award. Her practice and research is focused on the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for individuals with wound, ostomy, and continence issues and improving the quality of care provided in our healthcare systems.

  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.